Thus far, the only way to play Blizzard's Diablo
series outside of a PC or Mac environment has been througha 1998 PlayStation port
of the 1996 original. But after the release of Diablo II
, Blizzard North apparently had plans to bring a version of the game over to Nintendo's portable systems.
As part of the run-up to the release of his upcoming Blizzard history book Stay Awhile and Listen
, author David Craddock told ShackNews
that the developers at Blizzard North split into two teams after the 2000 release of Diablo II
. While one of these teams worked on the Lords of Destruction
expansion, the other one put together proposals for side projects including Diablo Junior
, a single-player portable prequel that would have been targeted for the Game Boy Color or Game Boy Advance.
According to Craddock, the plan called for the portable game to be split into three cartridges, Pokemon
-style, with each version having a different character class and support for cross-system item trading. The game was ultimately scrapped, though, because of what Craddock called "steep production costs associated with developing handheld games."
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